There are five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard and I chose to talk about West Chop first because I have a personal interest in it. My dear friend Seamond grew up here in the 1950’s. She was the daughter of the last lighthouse keeper of West Chop lighthouse. Imagine living next to this beautiful lighthouse on the harbor in Vineyard Haven… the ocean and stunning views right outside the door and the busy harbor only a few feet away. A few years ago I was lucky enough to go inside the lighthouse and the view was breath taking. I’m looking forward to reading her comments… if anyone should be writing a book about MV it should be Seamond… she’s rich with interesting and informative tales.
The lighhouse itself was built in 1817 of wood. It was replaced in 1838 with the current brick one. As far as I know it’s been moved back from the edge of the cliff twice, once in 1848 and then in 1891. If you can add to this information Seamond please do 🙂